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During this difficult period, we know that Fairfax County is experiencing adverse impacts to the county budget. The coronavirus pandemic also poses a financial risk to our parks, because it affects funding of the Fairfax County Park Authority both in terms of its revenue streams and the county budget. We can all agree there is a need for urgent short term spending to address the health and economic impacts of the coronavirus crisis. However, when planning future budgets, we need to remember and advocate for the importance of our parks and natural areas, which need adequate budgets to manage them - especially evident during crisis periods.
All of our parks need our attention, especially during this challenging time. Our parks and natural areas fuel our health and well-being. We need to be vigilant in making sure that these areas remain protected and cared for. Some may take advantage of these times to expand encroachment or harvest natural resources illegally from our parks, or to push through policies or actions that are not favorable for our parks and natural resources. Many Park visitors, including FOHMP members, are paying close attention, not just to HMP during these times but to all parks and natural areas throughout Fairfax County. Won’t you join us?.
We all look forward to better days, when the COVID-19 pandemic will be behind us. In the meantime, please do all you can to stay safe and healthy. Soaking in the beauty of the natural world around us will help us stay grounded and contribute greatly to our well-being on numerous levels. Take the time during these stay-athome periods to add more native plants (including native trees) to your yard. These actions will improve our natural world, for us and for the native wildlife that depend on us. Don’t forget to follow the physical distancing recommendations, staying six feet or more away from those not in your household. After this public health emergency is over, I look forward to seeing you again on the trails of HMP.
My best wishes to you and your families for continued good health.
Cathy Ledec, President